Isaku Respect Box Set (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Saturday, September 06, 2003
Release Date: Friday, June 27, 2003



What They Say
Kotomi was looking forward to a fun summer vacation. Until she found the note in her bedroom. Filled with extremely personal and revealing information about her, Kotomi is forced to follow the note’s instructions and go to the old school building. Once there, she discovers that she’s not the only one.

Many of her classmates including the headstrong Miyuki are also there. But when everyone is suddenly trapped inside the building and girls start disappearing, it’s only the beginning of the nightmare.

A tale of violence, perversion and lust, filled with hardcore sex and unusual sexual fetishes!

Contains the entire Isaku Respect Saga!

The Review!
If you liked Isaku but wish it looked as good as Shusaku do, then Isaku Respect is the set for you.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. As with other hentai of a similar nature, the show is essentially dialogue driven and uses primarily the center channel. In this respect, things are nice and clear and undistorted. The show makes good decent of directionality across the forward soundstage with the lightning effects and other incidental sounds.

Video:
Released a couple of years after Isaku itself, the Respect series is done in the same style and feel as Shusaku. That means we get some very slick looking animation here with very vibrant colors, particularly the hair. There’s no bleeding or cross coloration going on here and only some small noticeable aliasing during some of the panning sequences. This is a very attractive looking transfer.

Packaging:
Released in three keepcases inside a simple cardboard box, each volume features artwork related to the individual episode. The individual covers here all highlight Kotomi in some form or another while another of the girls is with her. The deigns are very good looking here, using great coloring and a lot of detail. The box set itself uses artwork from the second volume on its primary panel while the back of the box details each of the volumes and provides cover art for them. The front covers look pretty good, though things are pretty busy looking with the inclusion of the big uncensored lines and bars. The back covers show off some animation shots from each show and have a good summary of each episode. Features and technical information is nicely listed as well. As with all NuTech releases to date, there is no insert included.

Menu:
The menu layout for this series has a series of chains being panned over with by the camera done in a purple filter while small boxes appear next to the selections displaying clips from the show to dark foreboding music. Access times are good and submenus load quickly while the general layout is the standard for NuTech releases.

Extras:
The only extra included here is a two minute long video gallery that shows various stills from the episodes to music.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Having watched Isaku just prior to this one, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I certainly didn’t expect was what’s basically a re-animated version of Isaku.

Done in the same style and design as the Shusaku series, Isaku Respect goes back to the story in Isaku but changes the perspective. Moving away from the central view of Kenta, it now moves more between Kotomi and Miyuki. The plot is essentially the same, though some of the background is fleshed out a bit more between the girls. As before, everyone gets an invitation and ends up in the old building in the same room. Though we only see a few of them here due to the perspective, things move again in the same direction as people leave and search for others and end up in trouble themselves.

Many of the scenes are identical in nature, just new perspectives, angles and more scat. The show takes more of a focus on a few characters, so we get to see the scenes with Miyuki and Kotomi together and then the tangent moments with it. Kenta shows up every now and then, but he’s more of a shadow character who doesn’t get directly involved a lot of time, instead spending it on other scenes that were in the original that we don’t see here or trying to help those who are in trouble.

Even though I had just basically seen this show in Isaku, I will say that I found it more enjoyable and easier to get into with this version. With the script cleaned up a bit and the cast pared down, the gorgeous character designs and coloring really changed the feel of the entire thing. Isaku Respect is the closest thing to a remake of a series that I can think of, and they definitely did a good job with it. It fits into the mold of Shusaku much more easily.

If there’s a choice, pass on the first set and just go with Respect.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.




Mania Grade: B-
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
MSRP: 59.95
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Isaku